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Jacob Bruns

Ph.D. Candidate

Holland, Michigan


B.A. University of Dallas, Business, 2015

M.A. University of Dallas, Humanities, 2020

M.A. Hillsdale College, Politics, 2022

“The Hillsdale graduate program is set apart by its focus on both the primary sources of wisdom in the west and the definitive writings of American politics. This combination is not found elsewhere. ”


Jacob grew up in Michigan and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Dallas in Business. Following his graduation, Jacob taught for five years in a classical charter school in Arizona before joining the graduate program.

Conference Presentations

"The Intrusion of Liberal Psychology into American Christianity," presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Catholic Social Scientists, Steubenville, OH, October 2023.

"The Aristocratic Imperative: Tocqueville & the Art of Self-Forgetting," presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Core Texts & Courses, Dallas, TX, March 2023.

"Noah Webster on Agriculture and the Preservation of a Republic," presented virtually at the annual meeting of the Association for Core Texts & Courses, April 2021.

Selected Publications

"Philosophy and Liberty in a Commercial Age." Vogelin View, December 7, 2023.

"Richard Wolin: Between Scholarship and Ideology." Review of Wolin's Heidegger in Ruins: Between Philosophy and Ideology. Pietas 2, No.2, Fall 2023: 126-133.

"Machiavelli’s Rome and Sparta." Vogelin View, May 12, 2023.

Dissertation (in progress)

"The Politics of Authenticity: On the Political Meaning of Heidegger’s Destruktion"